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DAME NELLIE MELBA makes an appearance in this short extract of "The opening of Canberra, Australia's Capital City" (1927). An illuminating government film held at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, it documented the ceremonial opening of Parliament House by the then Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I.) The accompanying (improvised) score was commissioned by @NFSAonline as part of its extensive Canberra Centenary activities. • Full video on my website, link in bio. • #canberra #thenationscapital #royals #kinggeorge #queenmother #queenelizabeth #parliamenthousecanberra #damenelliemelba #nelliemelba #australia #straya #silentfilm #stummfilm #improvisation #piano #pianist #pianistsofinstagram

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*Bewitched, you say? Don't beat yourself up about it.* ••• How to distill the 1922 Swedish-Danish #benjaminchristensen masterpiece Häxan into 60 seconds? It wasn't easy to choose from such a variety of visually arresting, outrageous, highly camp, satirical, blasphemous, controversial and quite-often hilarious material. This film was an utter joy to play for on not one but two occasions last summer, first at #kinowienochnie in #augarten and then at #metrokinokulturhaus @filmarchivaustria, where I recorded this live, improvised soundtrack. • #fatherted it is not. • #häxan #silentfilm #improvisation #accompaniment #fromonebrothertoanother #piano #pianist #pianistsofinstagram • See my website (link in bio) for the full clip. (Witch included.)

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